Water For Development

WATER CONFERENCE

CONFERENCE SERVICES

One of the mandates of the Institute is to "establish and maintain a Water Resources Library, Documentation and Conference centre". The NWRI Conference Centre is completed, commissioned and functional. Similarly, the NWRI Conference Hostel completed, commissioned and functional.

NATIONAL WATER CONFERENCE

NWRI has institutionalized an annual National Water Conference that began in 2006 as National Water Forum. In September 2003, the 29th WEDC International Conference was held in Abuja, Nigeria with the National Water Resources Institute (NWRI) as the lead local organizing agency. This brought about the idea of having a National Water and Sanitation Forum to be organized locally. This concept or idea was jointly conceived by the NWRI Department of Water Supply and Quality Control (DWSQC) of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources (FMWR) and the UNICEF. Recognizing the mandate of the Institute to organize and conduct Conferences and Seminars, it was given the responsibility as Lead Organizer of the Forum.

Following that, several meetings were held between the three organizations to develop the structure of the Forum (Now Conference). Finally, the structure was adopted and presented to the Honourable Minister of Water Resources who gave his approval and the 1st Conference was organized in 2006 in Abuja, FCT with the title "National Water and Sanitation Forum (Now National Water Conference)".

In the year 2012, the Honourable Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Reng Ochekpe suggested that the hosting of the Conference be jointly organized between NWRI, Kaduna and River Basin Development Authorities. In line with the directive, the 3rd National Water Conference was organized in collaboration with Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority, Ilorin Kwara State.

The third conference also featured the maiden edition of the Junior Water Prize Competition which is open to young people of 15-20 years of age, who must be (a) in Senior Secondary School, (b) in OND programmes in the Polytechnics or (c) in 100 to 300 levels in the Universities. This event brought together young and bright scientists from four schools that met the minimum benchmark and qualified to be in the final part of the competition during the conference. Following the success of this collaboration, the Honourable Minister directed that henceforth, the Conference should be jointly organized NWRI and a willing RBDA.

The Conference, being an annual event, brought together stakeholders in the water and related sectors to exchange experiences and put up recommendations towards achieving the national developmental objectives. The specific objectives of the National Water Conference are to:

  1. Determine the sector response to current national and international development issues in water supply and sanitation;
  2. Evaluate the progress in the achievement of the national objectives including the national Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) status and strategies;
  3. Provide a forum for stakeholders in the water sector to interact, share experiences and identify best practices for adoption;
  4. Review sector activities in the preceding year and present for discussion proposed activities in the coming year;
  5. Draw up recommendations to guide all stakeholders in implementing water and sanitation policies and programmes.

There are two main committees charged with the responsibility of organizing the annual National Water Conference. These include the Conference Planning Committee (CPC) and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC). The CPC is a standing committee based in the NWRI while the LOC is based in the collaborating RBDA.

So far the following 5 editions of the Conference were organized:

  1.  2nd National Water and Sanitation Conference: “Water and Sanitation Sector Reform: Empowering the LGAs in Achieving National Development Objectives and MDGs Targets” held in Kaduna;
  2. 3rd National Water Conference: "Water and Food Security: Call for Solutions" held in Ilorin in collaboration with Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority;
  3.  4th National Water Conference: "Water Cooperation: Building Partnerships" in Calabar in collaboration with Cross River Basin Development Authority;
  4.  5th National Water Conference: "Water and Energy" in Sokoto in collaboration with Sokoto Rima Basin Development Authority.
  5.  Preparations for the organization of the 6th National Water Conference have already commenced. The Theme of the Conference is “Water and Jobs”. The Conference, being organized in collaboration with Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority, is scheduled for 2nd week of June, 2016 in Makurdi, Benue State.

 

OTHER CONFERENCE ORGANIZED

NWRI also organizes conferences (national, regional and international) in collaboration with its partners. Some of such conferences are as follows.

S/N

Event

Collaborators

1

Workshop on “Improving the Knowledge of Nigerian Legislators and Managers of Water Resources on Sustainable Water Governance” (2009)

UNICEF

2

International Workshop on Development of Modular Curricula for Tertiary, Technical and Vocational Education in IWRM (2011)

UNESCO, RC-IRBM

3

International Workshop on Implementing Modular Curricula for Tertiary, Technical and Vocational Education in IWRM (2012)

UNESCO, RC-IRBM

4

The NEPAD Western African Water Centres of Excellence – Workshop 1 (2013)

EU, NEPAD

5

National Workshop on Strengthening the IHP and MAB National Committees for Effective Water Governance, Biosphere Reserve Management and Biodiversity Conservation (2013)

UNESCO, RC-IRBM

6

Methodology Workshop for the implementation of African Water Resources Capacity Building (AWaCaB) Programme (2014)

UNESCO, RC-IRBM

7

Peer Review Workshop for the implementation of African Water Resources Capacity Building (AWaCaB) Programme (2014)

UNESCO, RC-IRBM

8

Regional Workshop on Transboundary Water Security and Cooperation in the West African Sub-Region (2014)

UNESCO, RC-IRBM

9

National Workshop on Climate Change Resilience: Access to Water Supply and Sanitation (2015)

WANet, Cap-Net

 

TECHICAL SERICES

The enabling law of NWRI mandated it to "promote cooperation in water resources development and management with similar bodies within and outside the country and with international bodies connected with water resources management and operations". This is the basis for NWRI penchant for collaboration in the execution of most of the technical services it offers. Within the past decade, the Institute has executed or is executing the following services in collaboration with partners within and outside Nigeria.

S/N

Service

Collaborators

1

Development of manuals for UNICEF assisted projects;

UNICEF, UNICEF Consultants and DWS&QC

 

  • Harmonized Manual on Hygiene and Sanitation Promotion

 

  • Community Management

 

  • Menstruation and Menstrual Hygiene and Sanitation Promotion

 

  • Handpump Repairs and maintenance

 

  • Borehole Contract Supervision and Management

2

Support and promote the use of standardized Handpump for Nigeria

DWS&QC and UNICEF

3

Undertake preparation of standardized procedures for handpump installation, drilling operation and sanitation facilities construction in Nigeria

DWS&QC and UNICEF

4

Support LGA and Community to rehabilitate and/or upgrade dug wells in various States

DWS&QC and UNICEF

5

Provide technical support to UNICEF on design, development, construction and protection of alternative (non-borehole and traditional) water supply sources

UNICEF and UNICEF Consultants

6

Provide technical support to states, LGA and communities on identified training needs focusing on low cost technology options

UNICEF

7

Participated in institutional assessment for capacity development of 17 WES delivery agencies at Federal, state and Local Government levels in Nigeria

WELL of UK and UNICEF

8

Led in the production of the Nigeria Country Report on the Rapid Assessment of Drinking water Quality (RADWQ)

DWS&QC, UNICEF and WHO

9

Actively participated in the development of the “Nigerian Standards for Drinking water Quality”

MoH, DWS&QC, SON and UNICEF

10

National Survey and assessment of Borehole Construction Contractors

UNICEF

11

Monitoring of Borehole construction contracts in Cross Rivers, Kwara,   Katsina, Zamfara, Niger, Sokoto and Kebbi States

UNICEF

12

National assessment of facilities for handpump storage and distribution in the RBDAs and Handpump Manufacturing Outfits

DWS&QC

13

National quality control, inspection and testing of handpumps

DWS&QC and UNICEF

14

Fadama hydrological monitoring under the World Bank’s National Fadama Project

Dept of Irrigation & Drainage, FMWR

15

Appraisal and Recommendations for Upgrading the HJKYB Hydro-meteorological Monitoring Network Project

Hadejia-Jama'are-Komadugu-Yobe Trust Fund

16

Institutional Assessment for Capacity Development of Chad Basin Development Authority

Chad Basin Development Authority

17

Coordinated a West Africa regional Human Resources Gap Assessment for WASH sector in Ghana, Niger and Senegal

International Water Assoc; Kwame Nkrumah Univ. of Sci. & Tech., Kumasi, Ghana; Abdou Moumouni Univ. of Niamey, Niger; andCheik Anta Diop Univ., Dakar

18

Technical Feasibility Studies of Ekiti Irrigation Schemes in Ekiti State, Nigeria

FAO, UNDP and Fed. Univ. of Agric., Abeokuta

19

Developed regional training modules for Conflict Resolutions in River Basin Management

Joint Research Centre; Kwame Nkrumah Univ. of Sci. & Tech., Kumasi, Ghana; Abdou Moumouni Univ. of Niamey, Niger; andCheik Anta Diop Univ., Dakar

20

Design of 2 Irrigation Schemes complete with hydraulic structures in Ekiti State, Nigeria (Ero Irrigation Scheme - 1000 ha and Ele Irrigation Scheme - 600 ha

FAO, UNDP, Fed. Univ. of Agric., Abeokuta

21

Analysis of precipitation through the L-moments approach for Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal & Western Africa

Joint Research Centre; Kwame Nkrumah Univ. of Sci. & Tech., Kumasi, Ghana; Abdou Moumouni Univ. of Niamey, Niger; andCheik Anta Diop Univ., Dakar

22

Coordination of the UNESCO African Water Resources Capacity Building Programme

RC-IRBM, UNESCO

23

Installation of Piezometers at Goronyo Dam

Enplan Group, DID, World Bank

24

Bathymeric Surveys for 8 Dams & Reservoirs Under Triming Project

DID, World Bank

25

Development of Effective Transboundary Water Management Educational and Awareness Materials to Promote Water Cooperation and Security in West Africa

RC-IRBM, UNESCO

 

 

Executive Director

Dr. Emmanuel Adanu
Executive Director


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